Thursday, May 31, 2012

Black Rooster Decor

I came across Black Rooster Decor recently. Christine over at Bijou and Boheme had mentioned them on her blog before. When I took the time to look through their inventory I was delighted by what I found. I couldn't go to bed until I had looked through it ALL. Black Rooster is an online boutique based out of Toronto, and get this, they offer free shipping if you live in ON! That's almost reason enough to move out east... almost. I am eyeing a few pieces for our new place regardless.

Just a sampling of some of the gorgeous and unique pieces they carry.

There are plenty of vintage and industrial type pieces too. (I didn't show many of them here.) You can see more of their products at their site. Just don't start perusing right before bed! You won't be able to stop. Catch you later, friends.


All images via Black Rooster Decor

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mixing Metals

In case you wondered, mixing metals is rad. No need to stick to chrome or brass or oil-rubbed bronze exclusively. You can have them all in your home and in even in the same room if you so desire! I love the rich, layered look a mix of metals offers. The mix brings a sense of depth and often a glamorous feel to a space. Warm and cool metals can mix seamlessly for a beautiful look. Here are a few spaces where metals take centre stage.

No need to be nervous about mixing it up anymore. It can most definitely be done and dare I say, should be done!

O.k. I got inspired and had to try mixing some metals of my own. A little vignette in the corner of our bedroom. (Thrown together in about 5 minutes.)

Metals are lovely. So luxe.


Images: Lloyd Ralphs Design; via Pinterest; via The Decorista

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Birthday, House Randoms & Still Running

Hello, friends. I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was lovely. We got to celebrate this little guy's 2nd birthday! My baby boy is growing up. Sniff.

And I got to clean my house from top to bottom again because we had an open house. Bleh.

I have a few more details to share from our new build, and I'm just going to jump right in. We hope to do a grid panelled wall in the Master Bedroom. The idea is similar to a feature wall without using paint or wallpaper. Something like this...

Bathroom via House and Home; Living Room via Marcus Design

We also picked out a few ceiling medallions at Home Depot. They're light-weight, inexpensive and they're supposed to be easy to install. It's a simple way to add some architectural detail and character to your home. We're putting up three. One in the dining room, the entrance, and the master bedroom. These are the styles and sizes we chose. You want to choose a size that complements the size of your light fixture. Oh, and they're paintable.

29" for Dining Room

24" for Master Bedroom

17" for Entrance

And this is the end post we chose for our stair railing. The spindles will just be plain and square. (Sorry the picture is so tiny.)

The hand rail will be painted black and the posts and spindles white. Here are a few inspiration pics.

Images via Pinterest

I should also mention that I did NOT run that 1/2 marathon yesterday (if you remeber that I was training for it). I have been running fairly consistently but I got behind in my training. Fitting in the long runs doesn't always happen on a weekly basis like it needs to (probably because I'd rather blog or "pin"). I think the longest I've gone is 8 miles and I need to go 13! I have my sights set on a race that's coming up August 12th in Saskatoon. It's called the River Run Classic. I've done it before, and I should better be ready by then.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Staycation 2012

What are our plans for this summer (other than sell a house, build a house and move)? Stay home and save money! We have all sorts of fees and expenses staring us in the face right now. That means we aren't going anywhere this summer. It doesn't mean that we don't plan on having some fun though! Here are some things we're thinking of doing with our kids.

  • Day Trip to "the lake" (my kids LOVE sand)
  • Picnic in the backyard
  • Fly a Kite
  • Park Tour (Try out the different parks in our city)
  • Swimming
  • Finger Painting
  • Bake Cookies
  • Visit the Zoo
  • Make Popsicles
  • Build a Fort in the Basement and Camp Out
  • Go Canoeing
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Roast Marshmallows
  • Ride Horses
  • Visit the Science Centre (they may be too young for this)
  • Build a "bug house" and collect some little critters
  • Visit a farm
  • Press flowers
  • Visit Family
  • Play Dates

Disneyland will have to wait but the fun won't!

What are your summer plans? Anybody else staycationing?


Image via peepshow

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Choosing Paint Colours

Here are the paint colours we've more or less decided on. I'm just going to say that it's tough choosing colours with just a 2" x 2" paint chip to go on. Also, none of the flooring is in which will change the whole look of the house. I'm doing this with my fingers crossed.

If you've used any of these colours and either love or hate them I would really like to hear from you! O.k. here they are. (All colours are Benjamin Moore.)

The front door and a few interior doors are going to painted onyx black.

Our go to wall colour for most of the Main Floor Walls, Master Bedroom, Upstairs Bathrooms, Laundry Room & Pantry will be White Dove. It looks quite grey here, but the chip shows it to be more creamy and almost off white which is what I'm going for. (Again, fingers crossed.)

Kitchen Cabinets: Simply White

Trim & Doors: Chantilly Lace

I think we'll go with Wispy Pink for Avery's Room. It's a very soft, warm pink.

And I'm deciding between Tundra and Marilyn's Dress for Luke's room and the bonus room. They are both soft greys. Marilyn's Dress seems to have a slight blue hue to it, and I'm not sure what I think of that.


Tundra Wall Colour (in a very bright room)

Marilyn's Dress

Marilyn's Dress Wall Colour

So, there you have it. Any thoughts or favourite colours you'd like to share? I most definitely want to hear them. I've chosen these colours on a bit of a whim so here's hoping it all turns out.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Designer Melanie Turner

I came across the work of American designer Melanie Tuner recently, and I'm quite smitten. I'm adding her to my list of favourite designers. Her portfolio is packed full of interiors I like. She would be classified as a traditional designer but her work is fresh and innovative. I love the glamorous flare as well. Complete gorgeousness. First up, the designer herself and then a ton of lovely interiors. (I had to include lots because they're just that good.)

Beautiful. You can visit Melanie Turner Interiors to learn more about the designer and to see more of her stunning work.


All images via Melanie Turner Interiors